Last Updated on October 8, 2020 by Paul Farrell, MRP, JD, PhD

Relationships Zone #6 - Self-help programs! Renewal as action meditation!

Relationships Zone #6 – Self-help programs! Renewal as action meditation!

Meditation is one of the key operating principles of the Twelve-Step self-help programs. For example, their 11th Step reads:

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.”

Self-Help Programs are Active Meditations

These self-help programs play a huge role in the lives of many people. Various estimates suggest that between one third and one half of all Americans are either directly or indirectly affected by the disease of chemical dependency, affecting all demographic, ethnic and economic groups equally.

So it should come as no surprise to find out that many corporate executives, Wall Street dealmakers, and successful professionals are already members of these Twelve-Step groups, protected by their commitment to anonymity. And as part of their recovery program I know many of these men and women not only meditate regularly, it is a big part of their lives.

Moreover, they often meditated collectively. Earlier, as a crisis consultant, I worked with hundreds of recovering individuals who went through The Betty Ford Center. These included executives, professionals, doctors, athletes, entertainers, celebrities and several members of royalty. I could see how they meditated during group sessions, by focusing on a particular topic, or saying prayers together.

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